Island 4
(photo via Vesselfinder)

The fourth of a series of hybrid electric vessels set to begin service for BC Ferries in 2022 is due to arrive on Friday.

Island 4, as the vessel is temporarily known, is expected to be at Ogden Point in Victoria on August 13. It will then transit to Point Hope Maritime later in the afternoon.

The ship is another of a series that were built at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania. Under its own power, Island 4 has travelled approximately 10,700 nautical miles in 67 days.

People will be able to see the vessel’s arrival as it sails around south Vancouver Island and into the Upper Harbour.

BC Ferries says it should be visible from Dallas Road, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Songhees Walkway, Wharf Street, and the Johnson Street Bridge.

Currently, the Island Class ferries are using a hybrid system but are expected to be running solely on electric power once shore charging infrastructure is installed.

Two other Island Class vessels are already in service, while a third arrived three weeks ago on July 22.

These new vessels will service Quadra Island and Gabriola Island. Names are still to be officially assigned after inspections are complete.

Vesselfinder.com, a tracking website for ships, last showed the position of Island 4 at Lattitude 47, Longitude -125, putting it just southwest of Forks, Washington. No vampires were spotted nearby.

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